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Equine assisted activities provide many benefits to many different kinds of people; not just to the physically and mentally handicapped, but to the emotionally and socially handicapped as well.

Physical Benefits

  • Improved appetite and digestion
  • Decreased spasticity
  • Improved balance and coordination
  • Improved respiration and circulation
  • Increased range of motion in joints
  • Reduction in abnormal movement patterns
  • Sensory integration
  • Strengthened muscles
  • Stretching of tight or spastic muscles

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Psychological Benefits

  • Development of patience
  • Emotional control and self-discipline
  • General sense of well-being
  • Improved self-confidence
  • Increased interest in the outside world
  • Increased sense of control
  • Sense of normality

Social Benefits

  • Development of friendships and trust
  • Development of respect and love for animals
  • Experience a sense of being part of a team
  • Experience independence

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